Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards

Posted on January 13, 2014

We are HERE for Miss Cate and her Dark Galadriel drag (with Jasmine hair).


Cate Blanchett attends the 2014 Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California in an Armani Privé gown accessorized with Chopard jewelry.

Armani Privé Fall 2013 Collection

That dress is gorgeous, proving that even a tired trend like sheer lace dresses can look downright otherworldly and ethereal on the right wearer.

Y’know, the more we look at the hair, the less we like it for this dress. It’s a nice ‘do, but it seems kind of safe and conservative. On the other hand, it seems designed to set off those amazing earrings, so we suppose her people knew what they were doing. The whole look is pretty and pleasingly elegant.  Beautifully done.





[Photo Credit: Juan Rico/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES, Andrew Evans/, IMAXtree]

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  • ailujailuj

    yes – it’s all absolutely “right”… but also, the gown is simply wonderful. it made me feel good inside.
    ETA: and don’t you just love the way the loop of the earring complements the loop of the lace at the high collar?
    ETAA: what the images don’t show is how exquisite the back of the gown is… which is what really got to me.

    • Lily

      Agree completely. I thought the dress was beautiful and elegant and then she turned around and I gave an actual out-loud gasp at the back of it. Incredibly stunning.

      • ailujailuj

        I think you just coined a new term: GOL…. 😉

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        For me the back really elevates this dress. After that high neckline to see that plunge-yes!
        I unreservedly love the hair, and yes, it allows the viewer to appreciate the earrings. I was so happy that Blanchett won for “Blue Jasmine”, too.

      • Joey Melliza

        Goddess!!!!! love her eternal

  • Spreecord

    Even after vigorous searching, I can’t come up with even the slightest criticism.

  • LeelaST

    Gorgeous. Gives me modern-old-Hollywood glamour.

  • Raymond Dnomyar

    I would’ve cheered even if she’d kept the feathered collar.

    • ailujailuj

      I like it too – but glad she went without.

      • Evan

        Yes, it would have had me itching my own neck the whole night just looking at her!

    • camdiggidy

      Ah! I was thinking the feathers (and a more modern hairstyle) would have elevated this to WERQ status. Of course, Cate can do no wrong, ever. Gorgeous “Classic Hollywood” look on a flawless beauty.

      • ballerinawithagun

        Yes, I love the feathers! And the updo! That round lace thing at the throat is horrible! And I hate the cap sleeves. That is where the lace edging should have been deployed. But she is still beautiful.

      • Ragnarockette

        I agree. Cate is the only person I can think of who could pull the feather choker off, so I’m a bit sad we didn’t get to see it deployed.

    • Jacob Bowen

      OH MY GOSH! Me too! I think the lace looks like it was choking her already, so why not do the feathers???

  • Sobaika

    Perfect dress for Cate. Everything is humming.

  • Sarah

    Ooh, the back cutout is nice.

    • Introspective

      I thought that when i saw her turnaround too. Its elegant in the front & partytime in the back. Beautiful. A real standout.

  • Katie_Katie

    I wish she’d decided to wear the bird on her neck.

  • Carrie

    Whole thing was stunning and I absolutely loved the earrings- something I’m not even prone to notice. Lady stars would do well to take notes from La Blanchett.

  • JimMcC

    And did we all hear her aside to DiCaprio as they changed over with Seacrest? I’m preeeeeetty sure she said, “Your turn. I hated every second of it.” Fashionable, talented, smart, AND bitchy? Someone make her queen of the world.

    • uprightcitizen

      But when she told Bono that his “first album was good,” it seemed like the most bitchy, back-handed compliment in the world. Hope that was accidental.

      • Eve Farren Farber

        I’m pretty sure she is a bitch, and really, isn’t that the point?

        • Evan

          Can you be a nice bitch though? Like everyone loves you because you’re really nice, gracious and friendly, but at the same time you’re really shady and can be hard to work with because you’re very demanding and expect a lot of yourself and others? Or does that contradict itself?

          • Sly

            No, I think it’s possible, you may be hard to work with, but everyone is so inspired by your verve and extreme work ethic that they all adore you (and secretly hate you) but love you more.

          • StellaZafella

            In the industry, it’s been said, the difference between being a bitch and being difficult to work with is that the one who is difficult is concerned with the quality of the shot, picture, production, etc….a bitch just wants all the attention. Hence Bette Davis was difficult to work with, Joan Crawford was a bitch.

            Cate just likes to be catty now and then…and she’s got the chops to take what she dishes.

          • Evan

            That’s a great saying! I love What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? lol My friend told me that he heard from his aunt who knew Meryl Streep that Meryl is a bit of a bitch (as in the difficult to work with/for type), but I told him that just like with Cate, Meryl has earned the right to be a little bit of a bitch as far as I’m concerned.

          • Mary229

            Well and let’s be honest here….culturally we are much quicker to label women as “difficult” and/or a “bitch” when they choose to be aggressive and stand their ground on something. A lot of that is gendered bc if a man acted the same way on a set he would just be viewed as a strong leader or something.

      • Glam Dixie

        I have no idea if she is the devil or an angel but if I looked like that I would be a total diva, haha. Everyone would hate me.

      • @Biting Panda

        I LOVED that moment. Made my night.

      • Aurumgirl

        That remark was masterful. I like to think it was deliberate.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Now, if Cate really could morph into Galadriel and reduce Seacrest to a quivering blob of jelly….wouldn’t the world be a happier place?

  • Evan

    Love it. Her face looks amazing (as usual). Thank God she didn’t wear the feathers around the neck in the model pic.

  • Call me Bee

    Love. This. It has a very Downton Abby look to it. Yes–black lace can look either too Frederick’s of Hollywood or too old lady, but this is perfect.

  • BrooklynBomber

    That gorgeous gown looks too girly or fussy or something on her, but it might be because the hair is so grown up. And I miss the feathery neck thingy.

  • Anne

    I just love that she doesn’t even have to try. She and Lupita should hang out.

    • Mary229

      We don’t actually know that. She might be trying very hard and is just better at hiding it than others 🙂

      • Anne

        Well, at any rate, it LOOKS effortless!

  • jackiexx

    This was a definite WERQ for me, I literally gasped when she turned around, the delicate low cut back was just beautiful, and the dress just floated when she walked!

  • AmeliaEve

    Why is the collar trying to attack her???

  • Synnamin

    Gorgeous! And I tend to really hate lace dresses.

  • BitterOldQueen

    Total perfection in every way. Best of the night in my considerably-less-than-humble-opinion.

  • fashion4ever

    Best Dressed. Everyone else sit down and bow down.

  • All shall love me and despair, bitches.

    • StellaZafella

      I have passed the test…I shall fade and go into the West.
      And wear $2,000,000.00 earrings like I’m going to play Bridge.

  • alyce1213

    There you go — full-on fashion perfection! This is Armani at his best, I think.
    The earrings are remarkable, just exquisite (and I don’t particularly like diamonds).
    Brava to Cate.

    • 3boysful

      I love diamonds. Send yours my way! 🙂

  • Little_Olive

    I don’t love it *ducks at tomatoes* -I think the dress is overly complicated, even for her. She looks stunning, of course.

    BUT I am gonna say this is the right way to do that godawful Marchesa thing KStew wore for her premiere (remember?)

    • kimmeister

      I’m with you. In particular, I don’t like the neckline and sleeve treatment.

    • In_Stitches

      It’s tiered without being obviously so, so she’s subtly cut horizontally all over which is never a good illusion and the neckline is just awkward. I normally love her odder choices, but this one just isn’t working for me.

  • Shawn EH

    Those earrings are ridiculous (in the good way)!

  • MK03

    Off-topic, but is anyone else distracted by the people in the background swigging from champagne bottles?? Were they just handing out bottles to people at the door or something??

    • homofascist

      I noticed the woman in the first picture. If she is really chugging out of a champagne bottle than she is my hero in that photo!

    • charlotte

      I think they were actually handing out a thousand bottles.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I happened to catch a reporter from Variety on TV this afternoon, and he said that at the Golden Globes they start servind dinner at 3:30pm, PST, and by the time some of these folks show up, do the RC, all that is left on the tables is alcohol-so maybe the background folks were getting a headstart?

      • demidaemon

        Yes, that’s true. Usually by the time the RCers get to their tables, the staff is removing their plates and leaving behind a shitload of champagne, which doesn’t give an attendee much else to do but get drunk, especially if they are pretty sure of their odds.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Good thing I’m just a prole living in the ‘burbs-had I access to that much booze, I’d be asleep with my face planted in the tablecloth!

        • formerlyAnon

          I’ve always read that the seasoned red carpet-ers eat during their prep or even stash snacks to carry with and thought “damn, what devotion to a proper diet.” Makes more sense if they know all they’ll find at the event is booze.

  • Guest

    By Grapthar’s Hammer. Properly lined, even. What a relief.

  • Guest

    By Grabthar’s Hammer– what a relief– properly lined.

  • msdamselfly

    NOt really a fan of the neckline or the hairdo

    • lifeisastory

      HATE the neckline. Just looking at it makes neck itch.

  • mjude

    love & will now bow the fuck down.

  • d4divine

    She’s got style…she’s got flair…and lovely hair.

  • MilaXX

    Beautiful. She and Lupita were the best of the night.

  • mdcoon127

    This is WERQ – and you guys just blew it!

  • Presumptuous Insect

    Oh, dear. Hate the dress. Too busy and look messy like a lot of threads have gone awry.

  • Glam Dixie

    She is other-worldly beautiful and I really like the hair, I really like ALL of it. Sigh, no complaints here.

  • bellafigura1


  • Carla_Charlton

    The whole thing is quite Jasmine!

  • Ashleigh

    Love to see the back in more detail…stunning all around

  • TinaBelchersawkwardmoan

    Second to last picture: “Hello, peasant! I see you! Go in peace now!”

  • ChristyDee1

    Why did the designer add the extra bits of lace at the neckline? Lovely dress if you remove those.

    • Jacob Bowen

      My thoughts EXACTLY. I thought it looked like it was trying to choke her….still stunning though.

      • golden_valley

        And it would be so itchy. But so would the feathers on the dress worn by the model.

  • procrastinatrice

    This made me gasp…definitely my favorite of the night. So, so elegant, and well thought out. And that last picture is everything.

  • stubbornthoughts


  • PastryGoddess

    So basically she and Lupita own the red carpet and everyone else is just visiting.

    • Sly


  • Youbeguilemenot

    Goddammit. She looks resplendent.

  • @Biting Panda

    Next to last pic: “No darling, YOU’RE fabulous!”

  • Verascity

    Eh. She should have kept the collar, to be honest.

  • PeaceBang

    Serving up Society Lady Realness. Hate the neckline but of course she carries it off with her impeccable swanlike grace. I gay gasped at the earrings, and my friend and I did spit-takes when she made a Judy Garland barbituates joke.

  • teensmom99

    Ladies, take notes: this is one of the few lace dresses with illusion netting that any one can wear. All those other black lace dresses you see: fuhgettaboutit.

    • Where’s the illusion netting? I’m pretty sure the back is that bare!

      • teensmom99

        Good point, Alicia. I thought I saw netting but not so sure now. In any event, I hope no one else tries this some black lace dress with or without netting. I keep seeing women IRL wearing horrible black lace illusion netting numbers with apparently no idea of just how bad they look. One woman I know fancies herself a stylist and it was a disaster!

        • Yes, I think a blanket ban on black lace and net is a good idea!

  • e jerry powell

    Stunning yes, and even more fun without the runway accessories, which were just too too.

    For some reason, I keep going back and forth trying to see if and how much of this dress is lined. I think the front of the bodice is, but I think I’m seeing underwear down below.

    • Monabel

      I think we can see the bottom of the skirt lining in the last picture.

      • e jerry powell

        Yeah. Kind of a two-layer effect.

  • Fred Vaughn

    The back loses this look points… but not as many as you’d think.

  • crash1212

    Love the dress. Hate the hair. I kind of love the feathers at the neck on the model, but can’t imagine dealing with them in real life…good choice to excise them.

  • ginger

    She looks so classy! How did this dress end up on several worst-dressed lists?

    • PastryGoddess



  • decormaven

    Beautifully executed, and special applause for the jewelry. Something about the hair makes me think of Cybill Shepherd back in the day.

  • Jean Beaton Leavitt

    How tall is she? Cate is taller than Savanah Guthrie and boy was Savanah star struck.

    • PastryGoddess

      Eleventy-seven inches least

  • WERQ, but only because it’s her in it.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I kinda wished she would have gone for the feather detail at the neck with the hair to match.

  • Miss wks

    She looks better’n the model. GAWD! A confident woman makes ALL the difference when wearing couture.

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    LOVED! Favorite of the night

  • cocohall

    I felt the universe was in alignment when I saw her in this. Just perfection. As for why she skipped the feathers? This is a dinner event. Can you even imagine attempting to eat with all those feathers around your face? You’d have bread crumbs and god knows what else all over them. And as she was almost a lock for the win, you know she had to keep things tidy for the cameras.

  • Joey Melliza

    Goddess! I love you eternal…. a religion should be built around this woman.

  • Kelly

    Sorry, I can’t like this. Sheer lace with cap sleeves and amoeba-like neck growths is sheer lace with cap sleeves and amoeba-like neck growths, even on the Divine Miss Cate. And yeah, she does look like Cybill Shepherd-from-back-in-the-day.

    • Carleenml

      agreed. black lace. sigh. I expect way more from Ms. Cate.

      • rondele

        I agree, also. But not only do I not like the dress, I don’t like the hair, either. The only thing I love here are those gorgeous jewels.

        But even there I’m not sure those earrings go with that dress.

  • majorbedhead

    My first thought was “Wow, now THAT’S how you do lace-over-sheer.” It doesn’t hurt that she’s Cate Blanchett, either.

  • formerlyAnon

    Adore the earrings, like the hair. Would have strongly preferred the model’s feather neck piece (probably with an up-do), I think the neckline and sleeves of the dress bring it way down by looking flimsy and awkward.

  • quiltrx

    This is absolutely beautiful. I think the hair works in a 50s Hollywood sort of way (which from me is high praise). I’d love to see how this dress was put together, there seems to be a lot of layering and swirling about going on!
    And I would kill every bitch I ever met for those earrings, and wear them every day regardless of outfit, just because I could.

  • theotherjdekay

    I thought this was a pretty dress, but thought it entered WERQ territory once I caught a glimpse of the back. Surprised T&L didn’t give it the WERQ snaps.

  • guest2visits

    This is beautiful and elegant in every way; agree the ‘do is safe, or casual compared to the specialness of the dress.

  • CeeQ

    Fierce. Loved it all.

  • Errick Loyola

    Cate serving spiderweb realness. Much love.

  • bertkeeter

    Best gown and fit of the evening…but feel the hair and jewelry age the entire look! A sleeker hairstyle w/ more minimal jewelry would have really made this a total WERQ!

  • Closet Crisis

    Just gorgeous. She killed it with her posture and confidence (Lena, please take notes).

  • judybrowni

    Again, Ms. Cate makes mincemeat of a model 20 years her junior.

  • akprincess72

    Dang, she’s lovely.

  • Gatto Nero

    This is perfection. And she makes it look effortless.

  • Constanza Álvarez Espinoza

    This is a WERQ for me.

  • The back of the gown is daring, but something about the shape that the sleeves make does not seat right with me. But she’s splendid.

  • Diego!

    STUNNING. I’m giving her the WERQ because she is a goddess and looks like one. Amazing dress on an amazing woman.

  • Brittney Garneau

    I love the girl chugging champagne out of the bottle in the background of the first picture! hahaha

  • carnush

    This was one of my faves. Flawless as always. I love her for always bringing it at these events.

  • marlie

    This is beautiful, and Cate certainly looks striking, but I was actually a little disappointed. I like the dress, but I don’t love it. Though I think the back of the dress is gorgeous and dramatic; her hair and makeup are lovely; and the earrings are gorgeous, too.

  • Crystal

    I wish she’d worn that feather thing!

  • French_Swede

    FANTASTIC! Really, Ms. Cate can do no wrong in my book.

    ***However*** … looking at the dress close up makes me itchy.

  • MartyBellerMask

    I actually don’t like it. The bodice looks… I don’t know, slab-like. Just, blah. Whatever, to each their own.

  • penguinmom

    Now that’s the way to use jewelry to elevate the look from excellent to sublime. Nicely done.

  • bouionice

    Loved this. The dress was fitted perfectly to her body and thank goodness she left off the crazy feather necklace.

  • Judy_J

    I want to be her.

  • VicD

    In the place of a Dark Lord you would have a Queen! Not dark but
    beautiful and terrible as the Morn! Treacherous as the Seas! Stronger
    than the foundations of the Earth! All shall love me and despair!

  • smh4748

    She is the definition of a stunning woman. Wow.

    I think it’s the hair, but goodness does she look like Betty Draper with ten years added on! Especially in that third-to-last photo. Strikingly so!

  • yllas

    There is nothing I adore more than a lace dress, and a black lace dress. However. As stunningly beautiful as the dress is, maybe it’s her hair, but she looks a TAD bit too mature for this.

  • Lilyana_F

    Oh, yes,ma’am! That’s a stunning look, once again.

  • this was my favorite look of the evening. looooooved the dress.

  • LaSylphide

    Don’t like the neck or the sleeves (prefer the feather neck thingy), but otherwise, beautiful. Love the ladies-who-lunch hair and jewels.

  • This dress is divine! Best dress of the night. I agree about the hair – way too conservative. Almost matronly – like ladies from our grandmother’s generation where they never touched their hair at home, but went once a week to the hairdressers to have them wash and style it – kind of matronly.

    • Lisa_Co

      I think the problem is too much hairspray, making her hair look very stiff and lacquered. Less spray and that style would have seemed more casual and youthful.

  • Danielle

    I raised my hands in the air and sang a hosanna for this dress. STUN.NING.

  • mdcoon127

    Love her – this is a WERQ!

  • GillianHolroyd

    I love the hair; it reads “classic” to me, as in, timeless. Ten years from now, everyone else will look slightly dated in these photos but this will still look fresh.